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Crash of '87 -- Was it expected?: Aggregate market fears and long-range dependence

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  • Gençay, Ramazan
  • Gradojevic, Nikola

We develop a dynamic framework to identify aggregate market fears ahead of a major market crash through the skewness premium of European options. Our methodology is based on measuring the distribution of a skewness premium through a q-Gaussian density and a maximum entropy principle. Our findings indicate that the October 19th, 1987 crash was predictable from the study of the skewness premium of deepest out-of-the-money options about two months prior to the crash.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Empirical Finance.

Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (March)
Pages: 270-282

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Handle: RePEc:eee:empfin:v:17:y:2010:i:2:p:270-282
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